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LA 2016: Subaru shows off Viziv-7 SUV Concept

LA 2016: Subaru shows off Viziv-7 SUV Concept image

Eric Tipan / Newspress USA | November 18, 2016 11:05

Concept may be the biggest Subaru ever

Fuji Heavy Industries, LTD, the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, has pulled the covers off what the automaker considers to be the future of the brand that will cater to customers seeking a full-sized automobile.

The Subaru Viziv-7 SUV Concept is a seven-seater that is designed to deliver a driving experience that provides ‘enjoyment and peace of mind’ as per the company’s statement.

Rear quarter of the Subaru Viziv-7 concept

Its name Viziv is derived from Vision for Innovation.

Coming in with a length of 5,199.38mm, width of 2,029.46mm, height of 1,828.8mm and a wheelbase of 2,8989.58, this may just be the largest Subaru yet.

It will come with three-row capability and Subaru's DYNAMIC x SOLID design philosophy.

"The concept expresses our core brand values, safety, dependability, capability for outdoor activities and a forward looking attitude. We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next 3-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever," said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president, Fuji Heavy Industries, LTD.

Details about the concept's interior were not revealed but the rearview mirror does come with Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance. In production models, the EyeSight works alongside the car's onboard safety systems like forward collision assist, blind spot warning and high beam assist as such.

Side profile of the Subaru Viziv-7 concept

There was also no word as to what kind of powertrain the Viziv-7 has. Currently, crossover models of Subrau are available with an array of naturally-aspirated and turbocharged Boxer engines. The biggest engine on Subaru's lineup is the 3.6-liter flat-six that's available on both the Legacy sedan and Outback crossover. There is also a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter available. Turbo power comes in the form of a 2.0-liter that's currently in the Forester XT and WRX.

Subaru has yet to say what will be the production version of the Viziv-7